EMAME-Dubai Health Authority workshop on Scientific Writing and Publishing attract 69 participants from five countries

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EMAME-Dubai Health Authority workshop on
Scientific Writing and Publishing attract
69 participants from five countries

Facilitators discuss different aspects of medical writing, peer review,
scientific misconduct, rights and responsibilities of Editors,
Predatory Journals and working of Medical Journal offices

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DUBAI: Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority organized a three day workshop on Medical Writing and Publishing from June 22-24th2018. It attracted sixty nine participants from Egypt, Palestine, Sudan besides Gulf Cooperation Council countries United Arab Emirates. It was hosted by Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Health Care Center, and UAE. The facilitators for the workshop included Prof. Yousef Al Bastaki Director of Medical Education Department in Dubai Health Authority, Mr. Ahmed Mandil Coordinator Research Development and Innovation Information from WHO EMRO, Ms. Karen Shashok from Author Aid Spain, Mr. Philip Purnell Director of Research and Publishing Knowledge E, UAE, Prof. Farhad Handjani President EMAME from Iran, Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid General Secretary of EMAME from Pakistan, Phillip Dingwall from EMHJ WHO EMRO and Dr. Hamid Yahiya Hussain, Prof of community and Family Medicine in Dubai Health Authority.


Prof. Farhad Handjani President EMAME alongwith other facilitators of Workshop on  Scientific Writing
and Publishing presenting a memento to Prof. Yousef Al Bastaki Director of Medical Education
Department in Dubai Health Authority who was the moving spirit behind this academic activity.

The idea to hold this workshop was floated about six months back in order to revive EMAME which has remained dormant for quite some time due to geopolitical situation in the region. Mr. Ahmed Mandil from WHO EMRO, Prof. Yousef and Dr. Hamid Hussain from Dubai Health Authority UAE, Prof.Farhad Handjani and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid President and Secretary of EMAME respectively worked hard for almost six months to realize this dream which eventually became a reality. The enthusiasm of the participants was very encouraging as they actively participated in the discussion. Scientific programme of the workshop included presentations by facilitators followed by intensive interactive discussion besides Hands on activity on authorship and peer review.

The subjects which were discussed in detail by the facilitators on Day-1 during the three day workshop included Scientific Writing and Publishing an overview by Ahmad Mandil, Types of scientific articles by Farhad Handjani, Web Medical Search Engines by Ahmad Mandil, Writing an Introduction Ahmed Mandil, How to write Methods by Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Writing and presenting Results by Karen Shashok, Writing Discussion and how to cite references by Dr. Hamid Hussain, Writing an Abstract and selecting Title by Karen Shashok besides Selecting a suitable journal by Phillip Dingwall from EMHJ WHO EMRO. This was followed by an open house discussion on the subjects discussed during the whole day. Earlier Prof. Yousef Al Bastaki in his welcome address highlighted the objectives of the workshop and also introduced the facilitators.

Day-II of the workshop started with a wrap up of the first day’s proceedings by Karen Shashok. This was followed by a presentation on ICMJE criteria for authorship by Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid. He also gave background about the formation of the ICMJE, its four point authorship criteria which is revised after every two years. He also discussed the Gift authorship and Ghost authors and shared with the participants his personal experience how he tackles the authorship issues. Phillip Dingwall from EMHJ then talked about On-line submissions: How it works? Ms. Karen Shashok and Prof. Farhad Handjani then highlighted issues related to Peer Review, different peer review systems and response from the authors. In the second session Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid in his first presentation talked about Rights and Responsibilities of Editors and in his second presentation discussed Medical Journal Offices: How it Works? This was followed by practical exercises in small groups with facilitators. The participants were given two scenarios related to authorship concerning dispute on authorship between the trainees and the supervisors besides peer review comments by reviewers.


Prof. Yousef Al Bastaki Director of Medical Education Department in Dubai Health Authority presenting
Certificates to the Faculty members of the workshop on Scientific Writing and Publishing from (L to R) to
Dr. Hamid Yahiya Hussain, Mr.Ahmed Mandil Coordinator Research Development and Innovation
Information from WHO EMRO, Prof. Farhad Handjani and Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid President and Secretary
of  EMAME respectively, Ms. Karen Shashok from Author Aid, Phillip Dingwall from EMHJ WHO EMRO
and Mr. Philip Purnell Director of Research and Publishing Knowledge E.

On Day-3 of the workshop Philip Purnell introduced the concept of Scientometrics, how it works, how Impact Factor is calculated, How H Index is calculated, the advantages and disadvantages of different Indexes which are all based on the number of citations. Mr. Ahmed Mandil spoke about Research and Publication Ethics while Prof. Yousef made a presentation on Ghost Authorship and the role played by the pharmaceutical industry in conducting of clinical trials. In the last lesion Open Access Publishing, Reasons for rejection of manuscripts and the lessons learned were discussed by Karen Shashok and Prof. Farhad Handjani. Prof. Yousef in his concluding remarks thanked the facilitators for their contributions to the workshop which he hoped will promote research culture and art of medical writing in the region. He also thanked the Dubai Health Authority and Knowledge E for their help and assistance in this academic activity. The evaluation forms filled by the participants, he said, will be evaluated in detail and it will give them an idea to find out how much the participants had benefited from this academic exercise. However, on the feedback which I have personally received from the participants, he said, it is very positive and encouraging and we might think to make it an annual feature if proper findings could be ensured and we are able to find sponsors. He also thanked the Knowledge E for their sponsorship and Plus@infoPlus Events.Com the event management company for making excellent arrangements for the workshop. Everything went on well, the reception, registration and audiovisual arrangements were perfect.


Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) in collaboration with Dubai Health
Authority organized a three day workshop on Scientific Writing and Publishing at Dubai from
June 22-24th, 2018. The group photograph taken on this occasion shows the
facilitators of
the workshop with the workshop participants.

EMAME Executive members present on this occasion also used this opportunity to discuss different measures to make EMAME active. This informal group meeting was attended by Prof. Farhad Handjani and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid President and Secretary of EMAME respectively, Phillip Dingwall from EMHJ from EMRO, Ahmed Mandil from WHO EMRO, Hamid Hussain from UAE and Karen Shashok. After discussion it was decided to update the EMAME List serve and Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid was asked to share the updated list of EMAME members with the WHO. It was also decided to redesign the website of EMAME, Phillip will identify the areas which need to be updated and Karen Shashok very kindly agreed to support in additions to the website. It was also felt that the Editors training manual prepared by EMAME almost ten years ago needs to be revised and updated. It was also suggested that EMAME should think of organizing a workshop at Arab Health 2019 conference scheduled to be held at Dubai in 2019 besides holding a workshop at the International Epidemiological Association of EMR at Beirut being held in February 2019. Mr. Ahmed Mandil promised to link up EMAME with the organizers of both these events in Dubai and in Beirut. Participants in the Workshop from Sudan requested EMAME to organize some workshops in Sudan as well. The idea was discussed and further discussions will be initiated once a formal request is received from Sudan. It was also decided that Prof.Farhad President EMAME will officially request Prof. Yousef to see if such workshops can be made an annual feature in Dubai and the idea should be discussed in detail with Dubai Health Authority.

Holding of the forthcoming EMAME General Meeting was also discussed. Prof. Farhad suggested that they can look into the possibilities of holding it in Kish Island Islamic Republic of Iran in 2020, Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid that PAME can organize it in Pakistan in 2020 in collaboration with EMAME which can be discussed by the PAME executive once the proposal is accepted in principle by EMAME. Dubai to be the venue of such a general assembly conference of EMAME was also discussed. All these options will be discussed in the coming days. It was also decided that while organizing the EMAME conference, various other professional bodies i.e. Association of Medical Editors of the host country, WAME, Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET) should be invited to collaborate.


Ms. Karen, Prof. Yousef Al Bastaki, Phillip Dingwall, Prof. Farhad Handjani and Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid
President and Secretary of EMAME respectively participating in the panel discussion during the
workshop on
Scientific Writing and Publishing held at Dubai from June 22-24, 2018.

Prof. Yousef from Dubai Health Authority also organized a visit of the faculty members to the Dental School affiliated with the University besides detailed round of the Simulation Laboratory spread over three floors which is almost a full hospital where starting from Emergency to wards, OPDs, In patient and Intensive Care Unit, Maternity Ward, Imaging facilities are available. They have manikins from different companies and the complete hospital infrastructure has been replicated in the Simulation Labs. They also have eighty two Simulated Patients who are used for teaching and training purposes for the undergraduates. Vice Chancellor of the University also visited the Workshop venue on Day-3 of the workshop to meet the facilitators who were also presented mementoes on behalf of the university. Detailed report on clinical proceedings of the conference to follow.

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